NFL changes Cody Parkey’s missed field goal to a block, but ‘double doink’ will live on
CHICAGO — Rarely has a kicker had so much attention on him in the history of the Chicago Bears, and that’s not a great thing for Cody Parkey.
Ever since he knocked a 43-yard field goal try off the left upright in the closing seconds of Sunday’s NFC Wild Card game with the Eagles at Soldier Field, Parkey has been the subject of scorn from fans and countless social media memes. On Monday, the NFL took some of the blame away from Parkey on that miss that concluded a 16-15 loss to Philadelphia that put an abrupt end to the Bears’ season.
The NFL officially changed the kick in its play-by-play log to a “block” instead of a “miss,” crediting the Eagles’ Treyvon Hester for getting at least part of his hand on the ball to deflect the kick at the line of scrimmage.
Hester told reporters that last night, and since then many have been looking closely at the video to see if he did get at least a piece of the ball to deflect it left.
But that all of little consequence to many Bears fans.
The so-called “Double Doink” game will live in infamy in Solider Field and Chicago sports history. At 670 the Score, host Dan Bernstein said the game instantly took its place in the Chicago pantheon of sports sadness, somewhere near Steve Bartman.
“We will never, ever, ever forget the Cody Parkey season that ended with the Cody Parkey miss,” Bernstein said.
The ending was so painful, perhaps because it was so clearly foreshadowed.
“It’s the fact that we knew it,” Bernstein said. “The fact that all of us, wherever we were watching, felt it together and understood that were this something somebody was trying to write and pitch, the producer would have thrown you out of his office.”
Fans saw Parkey hit the field goal post an unthinkable four times against Miami, and then once again last week.
“Six hits in one season? Pretty sad. We’ll definitely be looking for a new kicker,” Bears fan Jack Cammack said.
The missed kick put an end to a disappointing season on Parkey’s part, as well. It was his first in Chicago after signing a four-year, $15 million deal with $9 million guaranteed. His 76.7 percent success rate was the lowest of his career for a full season.
Immediately after the game, Parkey still faced the cameras and answered every question. His teammates circled the wagons and defended the embattled kicker, acting like close-knit group the city fell in love with.
“I feel terrible. I let the team down. It’s on me,” said Parkey after the game. “I have to own it. I have to be a man. Unfortunately, that’s the way it went today.”
Even on a dark day in the city, the team’s unexpected success is still a reason for optimism about the future.
“I think people will get over this and still be very excited about next year,” Bernstein said.